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When selecting a program that can adequately prepare you for a career in health care, it is important to devote sufficient time to thorough research and background checking. For unlike traditional liberal arts educations where you learn the basic tools for future "learning,"training for a health career is actually more akin to vocational education where you actually master the specific tools necessary to perform your job.
One of the main difficulties of pursuing a health career is that technology changes so rapidly. The health care industry is one of the fastest growing
areas of the economy, and as rising life expectancies and retiring baby boomers place greater strain on the current health care system, you can expect
advances in medicine and equipment to happen at an even faster rate.
One way to prepare for this potential threat to a prosperous health care career is to pursue programs that provide you with ample exposure to computer technology. While a basic career in health today is still largely dependent on analog methods (like writing out prescriptions by hand), increasingly, medical practitioners will have to convert to more automated systems. To ensure that this switch-over doesn't render you obsolete, make sure that your school provides you with sufficient familiarity with computer technology.
In the US, health care and legislation often go hand in hand. With rising medical costs, malpractice suits, copious paperwork, and pharmaceutical liabilities, it is important that you understand the current regulations and any likely changes that might arise (and thus affect your health care career) in adverse ways. This is especially true if you select a program that isn't in the same state where you intend to begin your career in health care. The last thing you want is to have all of your it's crossed for Michigan, only to find that you're ill-equipped to work in your home state of Montana. Be sure to pick a program that can correctly address such challenges.